Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
Japan T-4 Trainer
JASDF 4th AW, 11th SQ, Matsushima  AB, 2016
"Blue Impulse 20th Anniversary Special Paint"
Die-cast metal.
Superb detailing in 1/72 scale.
Pre-painted with pad applied markings.
Fully assembled.
Weapons that are not permanently attached.
Comes with crew figures
Display stand included.
Option to display model with wheels up or down.
Minimum use of plastic.
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The Kawasaki T-4 is a subsonic intermediate jet trainer used by the JASDF. In
November 1981 Kawasaki was awarded the contract to produce 220 T-4s with the
actual final production number being 212. The aircraft was designed to replace the
Lockheed T-33 and Fuji T-1. The first prototype flew on July 29, 1985 with the first
production aircraft flying in June 1988 and delivery of the first T-4 to the 31st and 32nd
Flying Training Squadrons, 1st Air Wing 3 months later.

The Blue Impulse is the 11th Squadron, 4th Air Wing of the Japan Air Self-Defense
Force and the national aerobatic demonstration team. They formed in 1960 and
originally named Tenryu but changed to Blue Impulse. Their first aircraft were 6 F-86
Sabres and in 1982 after 545 demonstrations they moved to the Matsushima Air Base
and began using the Mitsubishi T-2. The T-2 was used for 175 demonstrations until
1996 when they switched to the Kawasaki T-4. In 2016 to celebrate 20 years flying the
T-4; the Blue Impulse aircraft were given a special paint scheme.

Specifications for the Kawasaki T-4

Number Manufactured – 212


Role – 2 seat intermediate jet-trainer

Crew – 2 X pilots in tandem

Length – 42 ft. 8 in.  (13 m)
Wingspan – 32 ft. 7 in.  (9.94 m)
Height – 15 ft. 1 in.  (4.6 m)

Empty – 8,360 lb.  (3,790 kg)
Maximum Take-Off – 16,530 lb.  (7,500 kg)

Engines – 2 X Ishikawajima-Harima F3-IHI-30 turbofans producing 3,250 lb. (16 kN) of
thrust per engine.
Maximum Speed – 645 mph  (1,038 km/h)
Range – 900 nm  (1,670 km)
Service Ceiling – 49,800 ft.  (15,200 m)

2 X Hardpoints for
ASM-2 long-range anti-ship missiles
AA-4 Air-to-air missiles
Gun Pods
Training Bombs (free-falling)
70-mm unguided rockets